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Registration Open for August Exercise Classes

Good morning to our valued members!

The Centre had reopened this past Monday for dining, pool playing, and using the fitness equipment. Now it’s time to get our exercise classed going! We started registration on Wednesday for those who had their April classes canceled due to the lockdown and we are now opening registration for the rest of our members!

Classes will run for 4 weeks, starting August 3rd. Please note that Monday classes will not be held on the Civic Holiday (Aug 2nd) but will start the following week and run for 4 weeks.

Classes held at the WAAC must have a minimum of 7 participants to be held. Classes held at Trinity United Church must have a minimum of 8 participants to be held.

Distancing restrictions are still in effect, even for those who are fully vaccinated, so all classes are capped at 10 participants (except Drumming, which holds a maximum of 7 due to equipment needs).

The cost is $16 per session (4 weeks @ $4 each per class).

To register or if you have any questions, please call Victoria at 519-627-6224 or email srcentre@kent.net.

See you in the Centre!

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Outdoor and Zoom Exercise Classes in July

UPDATE!!!!

We have not had enough participants register for the July sessions. Rather than cancel the classes, we will be pushing the classes back by 1 week to allow for an extension for registration. As such, the new registration deadline is now Friday, July 9th by 4pm.

All classes will now be pushed back 1 week and start the week of July 12 instead of the 5th. Jeannette will still not be available the week of the 19th.

The new dates are as follows:

Original Message:

Yes, you read that right! While we may not be able to have you back in the Centre yet, we are able to offer exercise classes outside and over Zoom!

We are so excited to be able to get our members participating in our exercise classes again! The WAAC will be offering four different outdoor classes; Urban Poling, Essentrics, Chair Yoga, and a Low Impact fitness class designed specifically for older adults! In the case of light rain, classes will be held under the concession pavilion. In the case of heavy rain or thunderstorms, a make-up class will be scheduled.

We are also thrilled to be able to offer our first every ONLINE classes, with our new dance instructor, Karen Parent! These classes will take place on the Zoom platform and can easily be done from the comfort of your own home!

Contact Victoria either by phone at (519) 627-6224 or by email at srcentre@kent.net to register or for more information. Registration closes this Friday, July 2nd 9th. Please note that classes must have a minimum of 7 participants to be held.

Outdoor classes

Urban Poling with Fran Mondays, 10:30-11:30
Class will run for 4 weeks
$16 for the month for members

Poles can be signed out from the Centre. Call to reserve your set today!

Essentrics with Jeannette
Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30
There will not be a class July 20th
Class will run for 3 weeks
$12 for the month for members

Please bring your yoga mat. It is also recommended that you bring a blanket to put between your mat and the ground.

Chair Yoga with Jeannette Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30
There will not be a class July 21th Class will run for 3 weeks
$12 for the month for members.

Please bring your own lawn chair.

Low Impact Senior Fitness with Jeannette
Thursdays, 10:30-11:30
There will not be a class July 22nd Class will run for 3 weeks
$12 for the month for members.

All outdoor classes will be at Glen Mickle Park from 10:30am to 11:30 am

Zoom classes


Zoom classes will include full instruction, videos of the steps (both to the music and to count) for you to practice between classes, and a full video of each class. The videos will only be accessible to those who have registered in the class via a private link.

Salsa Fitness with Karen
*New Class*
Tuesdays, 9:15-10:15
Class will run for 4 weeks
$16 for the month for members No partner required!

Line Dancing with Karen Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30
Class will run for 4 weeks
$16 for the month for members

The Centre has a very limited number of tablets available to loan if needed.

Meet Our New Instructor

Karen Parent is a retired high school teacher, mother of 5 and grandmother to 11 grandchildren.
Karen is the co-owner of Rhythm of the Night Dance Studio in Chatham. She and her husband, Randy, have been teaching ballroom dance for more than 15 years, first as assistant teachers for Opal Ballroom Dance before opening their own studio when their teachers retired. When Karen discovered there were a lot of women out there who wanted to dance, but couldn’t find willing partners, Karen added Salsa Fitness and Line Dancing to the studio’s class lineup.
Welcome to the WAAC, Karen!

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Centre Closure Due to Provincial Shutdown

Just a little while ago, Premier Doug Ford announced that Ontario has pulled the COVID-19 Emergency Brake and the province is once again going into shutdown. This newest shutdown is to last from Saturday, April 3rd until Friday, April 30th.

What does this mean for you?

  • The Centre will be closed until we are out of shutdown. Victoria will be available to answer inquiries via phone or email Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 4pm.
  • All pool playing sessions are canceled.
  • All exercise classes are canceled. For those who have already paid for April sessions, please contact Victoria in the office at 519-627-6224 to make arrangements to pick up your refund.
  • Sue’s Kitchen will be closed. She will be taking Frozen Food orders, which will be available for pickup only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8am until 11am. Please call 519-359-6832 to place your orders.

Our website and Facebook page will continue its regular posting schedule, as well as posting any relevant updates. Be sure to follow at www.wallaceburgadultactivitycentre.ca or www.facebook.com/WallaceburgAAC/ for the latest.

We will be working hard to prepare to reopen the Centre as soon as possible once the shutdown is over. Know that in the meantime, we are thinking of you and sending our warmest thoughts to you and hope that you all stay safe and healthy in this trying time.

Sincerely,

WAAC Board of Directors and Administrative Coordinator

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Holiday Hours

Photo by Du01b0u01a1ng Nhu00e2n on Pexels.com

Please be advised that the Centre will be closed on the following dates for the holidays:

Thursday, December 24, 2020
Friday, December 25, 2020
and
Friday, January 1, 2020

Wishing you peace, love, and joy this holiday season and throughout 2021.

Best wishes from the Wallaceburg Adult Activity Centre!

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Virtual Tour – Mykonos, Greece

This is a virtual tour around Mykonos Port in Greece. Home of the Windmill Hill and Little Venice, the food on this island is wonderful and the alleyways are traditional Greek island design with flowers and rock pathways all through Mykonos island. Mykonos is also known for its party scene and beaches. Come take a walk with us!

Video via Island Hopper TV

As always, if there is a specific city or site that you want to have a virtual tour of, just let us know and we will do what we can to make it happen!

Humour

Friday Funnies

It’s still fall and the only thing that screams “fall” more than colourful leaves is pumpkins. And, for the last few years, pumpkin spice. Every fall, you see pumpkin spice everything everywhere. And when you start to see too much of something, inevitably, people start to make fun of it. And that goes for us too. So here is our ode to Pumpkin Spice.

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Workout Wednesday – 10 Minute Low Impact Cardio

In this video Meredith guides you through a fun, fat-burning, 10 minute Latin cardio routine!

Low impact cardio is always a great way to build up your cardiovascular system and get your heart rate up to healthy levels. Of course adding fun and exciting music always adds to the the energy as well. In this video we’re combining the enjoyment of Latin rhythms with some of our favorite Latin influenced movements to give your full body a great cardio workout.

This is an intermediate level workout so make sure you only do movements that you are comfortable with and at the pace that works best for you. Always keep water close by and don’t forget to have fun:)

You should always consult your physician or other healthcare provider before changing your diet or starting an exercise program. WAAC is not responsible for any accident or injury that may occur while undertaking these exercises.

Nature

Wonders of Nature

Today’s Wonders of Nature post come to us again from 365 Days of Beauty and feature photographs taken on Thanksgiving Day. The variety of images capture October in Chatham-Kent – from late-blooming flowers, to wooded areas, to fields ready for harvest (I had no idea that that was how brussels sprouts grew!), to our beautiful waters. Enjoy the beauty and wonders of nature around us!

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Workout Wednesdays – Gentle Wall Exercises

Steve Bottrill of the VON is back with another exercise video. In today’s video, he demonstrates fun and easy exercises that utilize the wall. This is a stand up style of exercise that is great for seniors and those with challenges.

Video via Steve Bottrill

You should always consult your physician or other healthcare provider before changing your diet or starting an exercise program. WAAC is not responsible for any accident or injury that may occur while undertaking these exercises.

Crafts

Halloween Decorations – Skeleton Hand Candle Holder

More spooky Halloween decorations? Yes please! Like I said last week, I love Halloween – the creepier, the better. When looking for craft ideas, I came across this on YouTube and had to share it with you. It looks so cool! And the best part is that everything comes from Dollar Tree. The paint they use is from Walmart, but there are Dollar Tree equivalents that you can use just as easily. I will be putting mine right near my front door so that any trick or treaters we have will get to see it too!

Feel Good Friday

Feel Good Fridays – The Injured Goose

Welcome to a new feature on our website – Feel Good Fridays. Every other Friday, we will be posting a heartwarming story that will give you a warm and fuzzy feeling to start your weekend off right!

This week’s video is a wonderful story about an injured Canadian Goose, the rehab facility focused on helping him heal, and an unexpected visitor to the centre.

Video via GeoBeats Animals
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Thinking Thursdays – Name that Song #4

We are back with another Name That Song trivia post! How does it work, you ask? We have posted a line or two from popular songs from the fifties onward. Your job is to guess both the song and the artist that the lyrics are from. Some are more difficult than others, but they are all lyrics from well-known songs. How many can you guess correctly?

The answers will be listed below the questions with a picture separating them so you don’t scroll too far. No peeking though!

Don’t forget to leave a comment telling us how you did!

Ready….. Set…. GO!

  1. No, I never felt like this before
    Yes I swear, it’s the truth
    And I owe it all to you
  2. When your heart’s on fire
    You must realize
  3. You could have told me yourself
    That you love someone else
    Instead I
  4. Watch it now, watch it!
    Here it comes, here it comes!
    Watch it now, he’ll get ‘cha
  5. She’s the best girl that I ever had
    Sometimes she’s gonna make me feel so bad
  6. I was defeated, you won the war
    (name of the song)
    Promise to love you forever more
  7. I’m goin’ out tonight, I’m feelin’ alright
    Gonna let it all hang out
  8. Kim’s the first girl I kissed
    I was so nervous that I nearly missed
  9. I got nine lives
    Cat’s eyes
    Abusin’ every one of them and running wild
  10. You spend all your time waiting
    For that second chance
    For a break that would make it okay
  1. I’ve Had the Time of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
  2. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – The Platters
  3. Heard it Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
  4. Wooly Bully – Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
  5. Hush – Deep Purple
  6. Waterloo – ABBA
  7. Man, I Feel Like a Woman
  8. Photograph – Nickelback
  9. Back in Black – AC/DC
  10. Arms of the Angel – Sarah McLachlin

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Workout Wednesdays – 10 Minute Low Impact HIIT Workout

Join Schellea for a 10 Minute beginner Low Impact HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Workout for weight loss! This is a full body standing workout, suitable exercise for beginners and women over 50. Lose weight with this quick 10 minute high intensity, fat loss workout no equipment workout. It’s the perfect at-home, indoor workout!

Video via fabulous50s
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Crafting Corner – Halloween Decorations

Halloween is one of my favourite holidays of the year. Between the fall leaves, candy, and getting to play dress-up, it’s second only to Christmas in my house. And decorating to make the day (and night!) even more spooky just adds to the fun of the day! The crafting video for this week shows 10 easy ways that you can spookify your home too!

Video via HGTV Handmade

Motivational Mondays

Motivational Mondays

We are changing things up here a bit with out WAAC posting schedule. Our workout posts will be moved to Wednesdays to make room for Motivational Monday, which will usually be an encouraging quote or story that will help inspire you and get your week off to a great start. Our timing is a little off this week, but we expect going forward that our Recipes will go live at 9am and our Motivational Monday posts will be posted at noon. Fridays will always have our A Little Bit of Humour, but we will be alternating our Virtual Tours with feel-good posts that will leave a glow in your heart after a long week. We are sure that making these changes will help to further increase the positivity in ourselves and our wonderful community!

Motivational Thought for the Week

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Overnight Oats

This easy Overnight Oats Recipe is a healthy and delicious breakfast made with gluten-free rolled oats, chia seeds, milk, yogurt, and a touch of vanilla. Learn how to make overnight oats and enjoy topped with fresh fruit and crunchy mix-ins!

Overnight oats are an alternative way of preparing oatmeal.

Rather than cooking raw oats on the stovetop or microwave with boiling water, here you combine rolled oats with cold milk, yogurt (optional), and chia seeds. A much more hands-off cooking technique, the oats, and the chia seeds absorb the liquid from the milk and yogurt as you sleep or go on with your day. Four to six hours later, you have ready-to-eat luscious oats that are creamy, chewy, and delicious.

Ingredients

Makes 2 servings

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup milk (dairy-free milk or cow’s milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Optional Ingredients

  • Fruit (fresh or frozen)
  • Nuts (slivered almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans)
  • Seeds (chia seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds)
  • Dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, raisins)
  • Sweetener (honey, maple syrup, brown sugar)
  • Nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter)
  • Spices (ground cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg)

Directions

  1. Transfer the oats to a large container – Transfer the rolled oats to a large mason jar or container with a secure lid.
  2. Mix the yogurt with the chia seeds – In a separate bowl stir together the yogurt with the chia seeds and mix well to combine. Adding the chia seeds to the yogurt (rather than the milk) prevents them from clumping together.
  3. Mix everything together – Add the milk, vanilla extract, and yogurt with chia seeds to the oats. Mix well.
  4. Refrigerate – Cover with an airtight lid and store in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours to overnight.
  5. Serve – When ready to eat, you can dump the toppings directly into the jar or divide into bowls and add toppings.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe and image via The Forked Spoon

As always, if you have a favourite recipe that you would like to share, email us at wallaceburgseniorcentre@gmail.com

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Thinking Thursdays – Riddles and Brainteasers

It’s time again for our Riddles and Brainteasers post for the month. Last month’s post really got your brain working out. Hopefully, today’s questions have you testing your mental agility again! As usual, we will post the 10 riddles below, then the answers, with a graphic separating the two, so hopefully you will notice if you start to scroll too far (but I won’t tell anyone if you cheat and peek at the answers!)

Don’t forget to tell us in the comments how you did!

The Questions

  1. How many bricks does it take to complete a building made of bricks?
  2. What breaks but never falls? What falls but never breaks?
  3. A man goes out in heavy rain with nothing to protect him from it. His hair doesn’t get wet. How does he do that?
  4. Mike and Pat are in a desert. They both have packs on. Pat is dead. Mike who is alive has his pack open, Pat has his pack closed. What is in the packs?
  5. A rooster lays an egg at the very top of a slanted roof. Which side is the egg going to roll off on?
  6. What can’t be burned in a fire nor drowned in the water?
  7. If you are running a race, and you pass the person in second, what place are you in?
  8. When you need me, you throw me away. When you don’t need me, you bring me back. What am I?
  9. You do not want me when you don’t have me, but when you have me you don’t want to lose me. What am I?
  10. A snail is at the bottom of a 30 foot well. Every hour the snail is able to climb up 3 feet, then immediately slide back down 2 feet. How many hours does it take for the snail to get out of the well?

The Answers

  1. One – the last one. Then the building would be complete.
  2. Day and Night
  3. He’s bald
  4. Parachutes
  5. Neither, roosters don’t lay eggs.
  6. Ice. It melts instead of burning in a fire and it floats in water.
  7. Second place.
  8. An anchor.
  9. A lawsuit.
  10. The answer is actually 28 hours. Why? The logic is true, 1 foot an hour for, let’s say, 27 hours/feet, then at the end of the 28th hour the snail climbs 3 feet (making 30 feet,) and reaches the top before, this time, not sliding back.
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The Wonders of Nature

With the Centre opening for more and more activities, it’s been a little while since I have had time to post on the website. But last week’s storm caused the Thames River to flood its banks, sweeping all kinds of debris downstream. Much of this was caught on the Fifth Street bridge supports in Chatham, creating a literal logjam that eventually resulted in the Municipality closing the bridge to clear the debris away on Sunday night. But not before I (and many others) was able to make it downtown to take the pictures and videos below.